June 27, 2014

Cover Reveal - Love Overcomes by Angela Schroeder (Beautiful cover!)

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by Angela Schroeder
A romantic novel coming October 21 from Anaiah Press!
About the book:
Single mother Arabella Mackenzie never imagined that going to California with her sister Clara would have such a huge impact on her life. Since the end of a disastrous relationship, Arabella has been wary of wanting or needing anyone other than her family. But when she meets hunky actor, Jeremy Fowlis, she begins to have feelings for a man for the first time since her three year old son was born. Now, she needs to try to overcome her past and learn to trust again.
Jeremy is not used to women who don't want to date him, or at least show him off to their friends - he is an in-demand actor, after all. He is tired of the shallow, avaricious attention that he gets from the public, but when he meets intelligent, cautious Arabella, she doesn't even know his name. Arabella’s grounded beauty captivates him instantly, but, he is wary of getting involved with a single mother with a complicated past.
Can Arabella and Jeremy both overcome their doubts and fears in order to find love?

And here's the cover...
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About the Author:
I was born and raised in Iowa. I am a single mother to three fantastic children. I enjoy attending church, playing games with my kids, and spending time with my parents and siblings. Writing has always been a passion of mine and I believe that a hand written letter will never go out of style.
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June 25, 2014

If you want something done, do it yourself.

The other day I had an inspiration of a book I'd love to edit for Anaiah Press. I tweeted a #MSWL (Manuscript wish list) that I'd love a geeky YA romance. Later on, I delved into my character creation and worldbuilding I'm doing for HANA and I got bogged down.

I missed actually writing. I know for HANA I want everything worked out first, and I'm going to plot and outline up front. Unfortunately, this takes a lot of elbow grease and time. So, I started "pantsing" (writing on the fly) the opening for a different book. I'm taking a break from HANA to work on a geeky YA romance!

I'm writing this off the cuff, no planning ahead. Therefore, the first draft is going to be rough. But because I love you guys, I'm going to share a sneak peak at my first paragraph of my "zero" draft.

Guess what kind of geeks I'm focusing on for this book.


Title: TBA
Genre: YA romance

If smell could kill, I’d have died long ago. Early Saturday morning the “con funk” already worked its way deep into the dealers’ room. One night without showers, and the multitude of bodies squeezed between the tables managed to produce an odor ripe enough to have its own name.

June 19, 2014

Missing in action - waging wars

I know what you're thinking, I've dropped this blogging ball again. Nope! I'm still here! I've just been in the trenches, deep, deep in the trenches.

What war are you waging you ask?

The bane of my existence
Yes, potty training. My little girl just turned three, and a few weeks before her birthday we took the plunge. Now some may say that's pretty late, but we did try earlier. Oh and what an epic fail that was. It wasn't that the munchkin couldn't figure it out at 27 months, oh she did. She knew how to hold it, and then how to pee all over the floor. She didn't WANT to do it because we wanted her to do it. Pure stubbornness.

Thank goodness she was much more amenable this last go. We have had success! Now, I don't want to jinx it, but except for occasional slip ups, we're finally through the gauntlet!

So, not that you wanted a post about potty training, but that's what you got because that's what has held my life captive recently. Worry not folks, I'm going to get some different type of news soon. Editing and all that jazz!

June 16, 2014

Trailer Reveal! ~ Pride by Rosie Somers

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Today I'm excited to share the trailer of Rosie Somer's debut Novel. Pride is a young adult urban fantasy that will release this summer from Anaiah Press.
About Pride:
Seventeen-year-old Gabriella Pierce is used to taking care of herself, but she’s about to become responsible for a whole lot more. When she gets a visit from three men claiming to be defenders of fantastical rings imbued with the powers of THE CARDINAL SINS, her life is changed irrevocably.   Gabby is the steward of PRIDE   To make matters worse, she’s falling hard for fellow steward, Grant Barnett, and he hates her guts. Now Gabby has to learn to protect Pride without letting her feelings for Grant get in the way.
Release Date:
9 September 2014

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About the Author
Rosie Somers is a YA author who lives in Florida, soaking up the year round sunshine. She can often be found in her favourite spot on her favourite beach, nose-deep in a good book.

June 2, 2014

Book Review - Crimson Son by Russ Linton (debuts June 14, 2014)

Today I'm going to post an in-depth review of a book that's coming out in June (the 14th to be exact), and I can't be more excited to share my thoughts. I literally just finished the book about fifteen minutes ago.

***Warning, I use some curse words in this review to follow the flavor of the voice of Crimson Son's protagonist***

Crimson Son

This is an awesome cover, behold!
Crimson Son follows the story of Spencer, a nineteen-year-old snarky smart ass who happens to be the son of the most powerful Augment ever, the Crimson Mask (think Superman, but he acts like a dick). Unlike his famous dad, Spencer has no powers and has been locked up at the ice-cave-o-solitude "for his own protection." Somehow this "kid" with no powers will have to face killer robots and try to rescue his mom from the Black Beetle, an Augment who can go toe to toe with dear old daddy.

Spencer immediately pulled me in, and I love his voice. I. Love. It. Spencer's idioms and world-view made me chuckle and also felt the keen of his loneliness like I was right with him. His voice feels fresh, a little literary, and most importantly, real. I have never been, nor will I ever be, a teenage boy...but I felt Spencer's emotions and lived in his world and tasted something like it was real. His struggles were well-rounded, and he had high moments and plenty of low ones. He's had his share of troubles and trauma, and a witty gallows humor I adore. What gets me most about Spencer is his relationships with his mother, his asshat father, and his best friend. He has REAL relationships, strained and strong alike, and the go through highs and lows like real life. He felt real, and that's the best compliment I can possibly give a fictional character.

Which brings me to my comparison, Steelheart. I like superheros and stories about people with epic powers, so naturally I've read the NYT Bestseller Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson.
Smaller on purpose, take that!
While I enjoyed Steelheart and thought it had a good story, I never identified with the main character, David (another plain human about 19). Yeah I rooted for him, but it was the plot that kept me going through the book. What I love is character-centered stories, and it's odd for me to be okay with one where the character falls flat. So good, but not great.

Crimson Son, on the other hand, has the characterization I crave. Both books have a normal main character facing off against people with superhero-esque powers. They're underdogs, and I always root for the underdog. The difference here is that Spencer is WAY cooler than David. Not only that, but the story had so much more emotional weight. I teared up a little toward the end. I need a book to pull on my heartstrings, and that's the difference between a three-star (Steehleart) and a five-star (Crimson Son) review.

The story of Crimson Son has layers. There's a beautiful balance of action scenes, emotional character interactions, and crazy dreamscape-style weirdness that pulls Spencer through the mystery surrounding him. I found lots of weight in Spencer's relationships, and especially his identity. He is between boy and man, teetering on the end of "teenager," though he's had enough life-experience to fill a swimming pool. The others in the book can't help calling him "kid," and he can't seem to shake the perception he's a child, when he feels like anything but. His impulsive actions speak volumes of his real maturity, even if he doesn't recognize it himself. Of course, his crazy decisions are what make this book such a fun ride anyway.

The writing style really pulled me in. Now, I used to loathe first person present tense, but after reading about a dozen books in the style, it's grown on me. I think first person present, when used well, has the opportunity to convey a voice and immediacy that other stuff can't. In Crimson Son, the style makes Spencer's voice shine.

The only oddity I found were the few scenes written from the Black Beetle's point of view (third person, past tense). The first time this happened, it jarred me, though the rest of the story was so compelling, I gave Russ the benefit of the doubt and kept on. There's only a few parts like this in the book, which makes you wonder why they're necessary at all if Spencer can pull his own weight. When I got to the turning point, I realized the reason these scenes were included. Without this point of view, the reader would have no idea (because Spencer has no idea) what motivations go behind the decision made in that scene. (Look at me deftly avoiding spoilers.) It was an "AHA!" moment, and I'm glad I knew what was really going on. The third-person sections gave that scene meaning and much more impact than it would have had without them. So while it may seem out of place when you first hit those markers, pay attention, because there's a pay-off at the end.

Okay, I'm done rambling about this book now, so I'll leave you with my final remarks. Crimson Son is a 5-star book. Fast paced, engaging, character-driven, and a fun voice I love to read. As far as non-traditional Superhero books go, Crimson Son blows Steelheart out of the water. If Steelheart deserved to be on the NYT Bestseller list, so does Crimson Son. I hope this makes a mark and gets noticed, and to help, I'm gonna buy a copy on the release day to support the first-day numbers. I already own a copy, and I'm buying another one. Let that be a review.